Meggin Patricia Cabot (born February 1, 1967) is a Chick Lit author extraordinaire. Probably most well known for her The Princess Diaries series, which was adapted for a Disney movie. Has written a number of series for teens and adults and also has a couple of series for children.
Series by Meg Cabot:
- The Princess Diaries series: Her breakout success. The novels focus on teenager Mia Thermopolis who seeks solace in her diaries upon finding out that she is actually the Princess of Genovia. Adapted into movies starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.
- The Mediator series: Focuses on Suze Simon, a young woman who is a mediator, meaning she can interact with ghosts. She takes it upon herself to help them cross to the other side. Trouble arises when she falls in love with a ghost.
- 1-800-Where-R-You: Normal teen Jessica Mastriani's life is turned upside down when she is struck by lightning. She can now look at pictures, go to sleep and when she wakes up she knows exactly where the person in the picture is. Now Jess is attempting to use her power for good while avoiding working for the US government. Became the Lifetime series Missing. Being re-issued as Vanished.
- All-American Girl: Samantha Madison finds herself a national heroine when she saves the President from an assassination attempt. And then she finds herself falling in love with his son. Has a sequel entitled Ready or Not.
- Avalon High: Ellie Harrison begins to notice strange parallels between King Arthur and life at her new high school. Has a manga sequel and was adapted into a Disney Channel movie.
- Queen of Babble trilogy: The main obstacle in Lizzie Nichol's love life is that she just cannot for the life of her keep a secret!
- Airhead trilogy: Brainiac Emerson Watts loses her body in a freak accident and has her brain transplanted into supermodel Nikki Howard's body. Now she has to deal with fame, the shallow lifestyle she hates and a conspiracy behind the imposing Stark Enterprises.
- Insatiable duology: A modern re-telling/sequel to Bram Stroker's Dracula.
- Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series: A series of children books for tween girls.
- The Heather Wells Mysteries: A series of five books about Heather Wells, a former teen Idol Singer, whose label dropped her. She now works at a university as a dorm administrator. In every book, someone ends up dead, and Heather investigates while dealing with her crazy co-workers, annoying, cheating ex-boyfriend (also a famous pop star) a police officer who believes she's nothing but trouble, and her huge crush on her roommate/landlord/brother of her former flame.
- Abandon trilogy: In a modern retelling of the myth of Persephone, teenager Pierce Oliviera dies and is chosen to become the consort to the Lord of the Underworld, John Hayden. Pierce manages to escape back to the realm of the living but something keeps drawing her back to John. Not helping is the presence of the Furies, evil souls who want nothing more than to make John suffer and hurt her in the process.
- The Boy series: told via emails, IM, and brief journal entries, these are all adult rom-coms/chick lit. All four books are single stories, but either the hero or heroine of each book know someone from one of the previous, and you occasionally get a glimpse or a mention of a previous heroine.
- From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess: A spinoff series of The Princess Diaries. Olivia Grace, believing herself to be "average," soon finds out from the school bully that she is a princess of Genovia, and that her father is royalty. Princess Mia then saves Olivia from a brutal beatdown, and introduces her to the life of Genovian royalty.
Standalone novels by Meg Cabot:
- Teen Idol: Jenny Greenley, known for being her school's Messiah, guides movie star Luke Striker around her school as he studies for a role. Meanwhile, she learns about herself.
- How to be Popular: The one thing Steph Landry wants more than anything is to be popular. And she finally gets a chance when she stumbles upon a self-help book called How to be Popular.
- Pants on Fire or Tommy Sullivan is a Freak: Katie Ellison is a Consummate Liar. She lies to her friends, she lies to her boyfriend(s) and she lies about not knowing anything about Tommy Sullivan or why he mysteriously left town four years ago. Which is quite the problem, since Tommy Sullivan is back in town.
- Jinx: Misfortune has followed Jean Honeychurch all her life - which is how she earned the nickname Jinx. And now her parents have shipped her off to New York City to stay with relatives - including her sophisticated cousin Tory - until the trouble she's caused back home dies down. But trouble is part of Jean's life, especially because she might be a witch.
- Nicola and the Viscount - Nicola Sparks, sixteen and an orphan, is ready to dive headlong into her first London Season. A whirlwind of fashionable activities awaits her, although nabbing a husband, ordinarily the prime object of every girl's Season, is not among them. For Nicola has already chosen hers: a handsome viscount by the name of Lord Sebastian. Everything is going well, until the infuriating Nathaniel Sheridan begins to cast doubt on the viscount's character. Nicola is convinced Nathaniel's efforts to besmirch Lord Sebastian's sterling reputation will yield nothing. But when she begins to piece things together for herself, the truth that is revealed has as much to do with the viscount as it does with Nicola's own heart.
- Victoria and the Rogue: Wealthy young heiress Lady Victoria Arbuthnot is shipped off to London to find a husband, becoming engaged to the perfect English gentleman, even before setting foot on British soil. Hugo Rothschild, ninth earl of Malfrey, is everything a girl could want in a future husband: he is handsome and worldly, if not rich. Lady Victoria has everything just as shed like it. That is, if raffish young ship captain Jacob Carstairs would leave well enough alone. Jacobs meddling is nothing short of exasperating, and Victoria is mystified by his persistence. But when it becomes clear that young Lord Malfrey just might not be all that hes professed to be, Victoria is forced to admit that she is wrong. Not only about her fiancé, but about the reason behind the handsome ship captains interference.
Works by Meg Cabot with their own trope pages include:
- The Princess Diaries
- The Mediator
- Avalon High
- All-American Girl
- The Heather Wells Mysteries
- Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series
- The Abandon Trilogy
- Teen Idol
- Boy Meets Girl
- From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
- Queen of Babble
Cabot's other work provides examples of:
- Alpha Bitch: Lauren Moffat (How to be Popular)
- Consummate Liar: Katie in Pants on Fire.
- The Jinx: The title character in Jinx.
- One Degree of Separation: Used extensively in the Boy series. Each book has (mostly) different characters, but they all seem to have known each other, some for justified reasons (a lot of them do work at the same company, after all), but others through completely random coincidence. Notable examples include Stacy Trent turning out to be Mitch Hertzog's sister, or Amy Jenkins, annoying HR rep to Mel and later Mean Boss to Kate, just happening to have somehow screwed Jane over in the past as well. Also, Nadine's fiancé Tony from the first book just happens to show up and hire Ida Lopez to work in his restaurant in the second, and apparently Aaron Spender and Cal Langdon both slept with Barbara Bellerieve.
- Person as Verb: In How to Be Popular, the phrase "Don't pull a Steph Landry" is the basis for the entire plot.
- Same Story, Different Names:
- A common complaint for How to Be Popular is that it is basically a less interesting retread of Teen Idol.
- Her two historical YA novels, Nicola and the Viscount and Victoria and the Rogue are essentially two (slightly, see above) different main characters dropped into identical plotlines: Orphan girl arrives in London Society, falls for and gets engaged to a guy who eventually turns out to be interested in her only for her money/property, breaks off the engagement, gets kidnapped by his relations who then try to force the marriage, but then eventually manages to escape and be rescued by the true love interest. Both girls initially write off the men who eventually become their true love interests as being insufferable jerks, only to eventually realize they've misjudged them and fall hard. While the precise character and event details are different, it's basically the same story with different window dressings.
- Scrapbook Story: Her Boy books for adults, which are written entirely in e-mails, letters, and journal entries.
- Shaped Like Itself: The standalone book How to be Popular, which is sometimes mistaken by people as an actual guide on how to be popular. (The title actually refers to the self help book the protagonist follows in her efforts to gain popularity.)
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: The Palatine Guard of the Insatiable series see nothing wrong with torturing a captive vampire, especially since nothing short of outright killing one would leave any evidence. Alaric Wulf, one such Guard, repeatedly makes the argument that since the Big Bad who gravely injured his partner is a vampire, he is fully justified in summarily killing any and all vampires he meets, and any human who dares harbor one. In the first book, during the climactic battle against the Big Bad and his minions, the Palatine Guard repeatedly shoot the vampire protagonist Lucien in the back (he survives because he is just that BadAss).